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Bearded iris, one of many delights at the plant sale.
Bearded iris, one of many delights at the plant sale, some of the proceeds of which are used to maintain our historic building.

Graton Community Center
Spring Flower Show 
Plant Sale

Mar 28, 2019
by Jennifer Butler


Greetings Graton

I love where I live! I have the best neighbors who for the last 17 years have become my dear friends. So many times, I have questioned if I made a sound investment in my house that was built in 1906. It cost a pretty penny in taxes and up keep but as quick as that question pops in my head is as quickly as it leaves and is replaced with gratitude because is there no way, I can put a value of the friendships and community I have here. I spent Saturday night at the fundraiser poker tournament for the play equipment at our new park. It was a fun event. We laughed and talked and ate and played. Of course, we talked a lot about life in Graton. People enjoy living here. Graton has changed a lot and will continue to change. So, we need to be a part of that transformation. Be aware of the changes and help guide the good things in and not so good things out. Thank you all for being members of this community.

And, a little a little reminder to please slow down

Graton Community Center Spring Flower Show and Plant Sale

Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. 9am - 4pm

Free Admission

8896 Graton Rd, Graton, at the corner of Graton Rd and Edison St

This spring’s theme of ‘Life’s a Beach’ presents wonderful floral displays depicting the beauty of the seaside. There will be a huge plant sale including hundreds of tomato and other veggie starts, succulents, perennials, drought-tolerant plants and others. Also available are handmade novelties and recycled treasures, a raffle, and garden art. A $10 lunch is served both days from 11-2 with coffee, tea and desserts available all day. Live local music.

This event benefits a scholarship program for JC students and a building capital campaign to preserve our historic club house.


Graton Community Pot Luck 

I Missed the last one and boy was I bummed. I heard it was a wonderful time. All are welcome. This is a public event so that we can get to know each other and be a stronger community. 

Friday April 12th from 5:00PM-7:30PM

Bring a potluck dish, your own silverware and plate. 

Come enjoy a meal and the company of your neighbors!

A Special Thank You

The Graton Green Park poker tournament fundraiser was a huge success. It was not only A LOT of fun, but it also raised $4,000 for new play equipment. More than 50 people were dealt hands while others just came for dinner and entertainment. A lot of time and effort went into making the night a success, but we want to particularly recognize, Ross Colley and his ENTIRE family, Tim who catered from A Guy and His Grill, Criminal Baking, Fleur de Lisa Cakes (yummy) and HolLyn whose vision for this park has never faltered. Thank you also to the many sponsors of the raffle prizes!! There was a great selection of winnings. There is talk of  making this an annual event for park maintenance so if you missed this year keep an eye out for next years event. It is sure to be a great time. The park is scheduled to open in the spring. 

KODOKAN JUDO for Children Graton 

Lance’s Judo class in action.Judo is every Tuesday and Thursday at the Graton Community Center taught by Lance Lameyse. Lance, grew up in Graton! He started taking Judo in old fire station starting back in 1981. He feels honored to be able to a quality club to Graton. His mission is to “build the community up and bring Graton together”. He says his own experience with Judo has been an amazing journey and he is enjoying having the opportunity to share his passion for the art with the neighborhood. Classes are open enrollment 4:45 (5-6yrs of age) 5:30-6:30 7-11yrs of age and 6:30-8:30 (12 +yrs). For more information please contact Lance at

Lance’s Judo class in action


Looking for volunteers to help roll out the sod for the Graton Green Park. It’s going to take a lot of people but is guaranteed to be rewarding and fun. Please join us Saturday April 13th at 9:00 AM. We are going to need a lot of muscle, and everyone is welcome. If you have questions, please call Orin Thiessen at (707) 823-0292. See you there!

Please let me know if there is something that you would like me to know or write about. You can reach me

eeling Graton by Jennifer


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